Daddy Cool: Finding my father, the singer who swapped Hollywood fame for home in Australia by Darleen Bungey

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June–July 2020, no. 422
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Tali Lavi reviews 'Daddy Cool: Finding my father, the singer who swapped Hollywood fame for home in Australia' by Darleen Bungey

Daddy Cool: Finding my father, the singer who swapped Hollywood fame for home in Australia

by Darleen Bungey

Allen & Unwin, $32.99 pb, 231 pp

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Daddy Cool: Finding my father, the singer who swapped Hollywood fame for home in Australia by Darleen Bungey

Reviewed by
June–July 2020, no. 422

‘“I must remember accurately,” I told myself, “remember everything accurately so that when he is gone I can re-create the father who created me.”’ This is Philip Roth exhorting himself while witnessing his declining father bathe in Patrimony: A true story (1991), a memoir that opens when Herman Roth is diagnosed with a brain tumour. The book, tender but also brutal, slips between the present and the past. Philip Roth, after all, is the writer. The matter of accuracy feels particularly perilous when the subject is the writer’s parent, if the intention is not to write a hagiography. It takes a particular kind of courage to countenance a parent’s failings when not motivated by revenge.

Tali Lavi reviews 'Daddy Cool: Finding my father, the singer who swapped Hollywood fame for home in Australia' by Darleen Bungey

Daddy Cool: Finding my father, the singer who swapped Hollywood fame for home in Australia

by Darleen Bungey

Allen & Unwin, $32.99 pb, 231 pp

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